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Old 11-05-2005, 10:58 AM   #46
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When I first got satellite radio, I chose Sirius because it was the only provider offering commercial-free music programming as well as internet streaming of their music stations. I thought it was worth the extra $3 per month for those features (when XM was still $9.99). I've since added XM as well, but I plan on keeping and enjoying both for a long time.
If you can do both , thats great! Especially if you like baseball and football!
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:13 AM   #47
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I have both and will dump XM as soon as Sirius gets stock quotes. After 5 months of XM, I never listen to it anymore, just watch it. I initially picked Sirius due to be commercial free on the music channels.
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:12 PM   #48
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I had Xm in my maxima when sirius wasnt on the air yet,I hated its sound quality so I couldnt wait until Sirius was out.Then when Sirius came out I got my JVC PNP and have had it ever since.I like the music ,its mostly hits which makes me want to leave a channel on longer than 1 song like I was doing with Xm.I prefer the bassy sound of Sirius over the metallic sound Xm gives you.Xm has a better signal indoors,but since I have echostar (dishnetwork)Service I listen via that to Sirius.My dad has the roady and every now and then I try and like XM,I cant-Sirius rules,Xm drools.

Oh yeah I got sirius for the 70s channel!
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:14 PM   #49
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I am new and have only had Sirius for a couple months now.. I was unsure at 1st. Store reps told me they liked XM better one said he ahd Sirius. I went online and found this site and I did the 3 day trial thing. I liked Sirius channel line up better and had read so much about Hair Nation. I also love all the classic rock stations and I listen to Totally 70's alot. I am into all kinds of music pretty much. Country is my least favorite and some of the rap I don't like. I like disco and classic rock is my favorite along with Hair Nation. I love the 70's and 80's. I even do the 50'and 60's some I surf to see if a song is on that I like. The Broadway Show Tunes is cool also. I have it on whenever mom and grandma are in the car. I love Sirius and am so glad I chose it..

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Old 11-05-2005, 01:29 PM   #50
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I knew I wanted to get one of the two services. I am a Howard Stern fan, and it seemed likely he would go to satellite once his contract was up. As soon as it was announced it was with Sirius, I made my decision. But even without Howard, Sirius is worth it.
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I knew I wanted to get one of the two services. I am a Howard Stern fan, and it seemed likely he would go to satellite once his contract was up. As soon as it was announced it was with Sirius, I made my decision. But even without Howard, Sirius is worth it.
I never really seriously considered shelling out cash for satellite radio until Howard made his announcement. I probably would have bought it eventually even if Howard didn't make his move, but probably not until I got a car that had it pre-installed. And then it probably would have been XM. Sirius is by far the best money I have spent on accessories for my car.
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Old 11-05-2005, 10:16 PM   #52
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I actually listened to a friends Sirius and I liked the idea of getting satellite radio anyway so I did some research.

I picked Sirius over XM because:

1) All channels were included in the package, I didn't have to pay for "premium" channels

2) A better music line-up (especially for dance stations)

3) Sirius OutQ. What GLBT person wouldn't like the idea of being able to listen to a radio station designed for GLBT listeners?

4) Howard. I loved to listen to Howard whenever I went home to visit my parents in Phoenix.

Actually, tomorrow is my one year Sirius anniversary. Also, my parents will be picking up Sirius next month in time to listen to Howard as well, so that's two more subscriptions for Sirius
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I started with XM because they had a tuner that integrated with my Pioneer stereo while Sirius didn't. But I found them totally frustrating. Every time I would land on a channel with a good song, the next song would suck. I was constantly punching around my presets to get of mix of music I liked. Plus, too many of their their DJs were always putting on their FM radio voices, talking about themselvesand/ or trying to crack stupid jokes that weren't funny at all.

Then I switched to Sirius and discovered they "get it" way better than XM. They know how to mix songs together to make the channels flow properly. And their announcers are way more down to earth. They talk intelligently about the music and the artists instead of annoying everybody with bad comedy schtick. I also like the fact that Sirius carries NPR stations. And now I am really looking forward to the Stern and CBC offerings.

Some people say they could never go back to FM but I don't feel that way. I still listen to the local AM news/talk stations, local NPR and a couple others. I'll probably listen to "Free-FM" once Howard Stern leaves and his station switches to that format. And I know of a couple FM college stations that I actually like better than LOC, even though I still think LOC is good. Sirius + AM/FM + Internet stations make up my radio universe now.
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I chose Sirius because they will be getting the rights to NASCAR, and
the lifetime subscription promo was pretty enticing as well.
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I initially started out with XM, but switched to Sirius because they had equipment on sale that allowed me to get started for less than $100. It would have cost me over $300 for XM at the time, this was when they first released the original Skyfi.

I too preferred the 100% commercial free music that Sirius offered as well as being more hits based. XM back then was so obscure and eclectic. Yes, I say back then because that isn't the case in my opinion today. I'd love to say that I totally like Sirius better, but the fact is I simply do not. I have equal enjoyment of both these services. There are many aspects of Sirius programming that I find totally lacking, but available on XM. The one area that I feel Sirius really shine is in the rock category especially in regards to classic rock. Country wise, Sirius is barely in the game especially in terms of classic country. Hank's Place and America are fantastic. The biggest thing that XM brings to the table that is totally missing from Sirius is specialized programming. They have a lot of niche programming and some of this you just don't find anywhere rather local FM or satellite except on XM. Sirius recent channel changes did bring back new age, shuffle is great and coffee house is very good, all these channels have brought some much needed and missing variety on Sirius.

There are weeks when I hardly listen to Sirius, then there are other weeks when I hardly listen to XM. I tend to go back and fourth between them. I know one thing I don't want them to be a mirror of one another. I like both for what they offer. Sirius in terms of the hits is like coming home. But that gets pretty old at times especially given the amount of time I listen a day and there is no way I'd give up my XM, just too many great programs I'd miss. I think those that can't get into XM have never really tried. By the same token I'd say the same for Sirius. Recently I have been totally turned off by the single artist taking over channels. This has pushed me more to XM than anything they have ever done.

I can't see myself every totally dropping either service and my personal feeling is the ONLY way to go is to have both.
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I'm familar with both services from a professional point of view and sincerely believe that Sirius is MUCH more focused on maintaining their original business plan. I've found that XM management at all levels exudes a go fuck yourself attitude and clearly does not offer the same type of support to their dealers/distributors, so I assume that attitude flows down to their customers. XM cannot possibly compete with Sirius's more advantageous studio location: Rockefeller Plaza/heart of New York City. That destination and exposure to every type of "artist/entertainer" will eventually lead to the Sirius killer ap. Overall Sirius gets better reviews from media and listeners and offers a better value for the $12.95 from music and other categories.
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I agree totally, which is why I'd hate to see either service command too big a market position. If that happens, it's a greater chance the other may play copycat.

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This is true. For me, unfortunately, this is a huge negative for XM. There are way to many specials and too much event programming for my taste, particularly when they clog up multiple channels. I spent much of the day yesterday listening to The Roadhouse because America seemed to have some sort of special on every time I flipped to XM. I prefer the depth and eclecticism of XM, but I can't see myself ever giving up Sirius.
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They already are competing, very successfully. Besides, other than SatRad junkies, it's doubtful that many others are going to know or care where the studios are located.

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